Donald R. Williams, Ph.D.

Department Chair Department of Economics

Don Williams

Donald R. Williams is a professor of economics at Kent State University, where he has been on the faculty since 1983. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1977 and his Ph.D. in economics from Northwestern University in 1984. He currently serves as the Department Chair for Economics.

Williams has taught a wide range of courses at Kent State, from the Principles of Economics (micro and macro) to the Economics of Labor Markets and a special topics course in European Economic Issues. He has taught in Kent State's Geneva program in Geneva, Switzerland, and is an adjunct faculty member with K.U. Leuven University in Belgium. 

Williams conducts research in the area of labor market analysis, with a focus on international comparisons. His current research is on the determinants of wage differentials and job satisfaction. He is a senior research associate with the Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER), and is a member of the American Economic Association, the Society of Labor Economists, the Midwest Economic Association, and the European Association of Labour Economists.


Ph.D., Economics, Northwestern University, 1984, BBA, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1977



  • Iryna Kyzyma and Donald R. Williams, “Public Cash Transfers and Poverty Dynamics in Europe,” Empirical Economics, March 2017.
  • Laetitia Hauret and Donald R. Williams, "Cross-national analysis of gender differences in job satisfaction," Industrial Relations, April 2017.
  • Williams, Donald R. (2012). Gender Discrimination and Self-employment Dynamics in Europe. Journal of Socio-Economics, 41.
  • Williams, Donald R. (2011). Multiple Language Usage and Earnings in Western Europe. International Journal of Manpower, 32(4).
  • Williams, Donald R. (2010). Educational Intensity of Employment in the EU and US. Income and Living Conditions.
  • Williams, Donald R. (2004). Effects of Childcare Activities on the Duration of Self-employment. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice.